Historic Brookland Park Area

Embrace Richmond currently supports the efforts of the Historic Brookland Park Collective.  The Brookland Park Collective is a gathering for concerned citizens who have taken a leadership role either as block connectors, action team leaders or civic association leaders and who want to work across civic association lines to strengthen the Historic Brookland Park area.  The Historic Brookland Park Collective is open to civic engaged citizens from five neighborhoods including North Central, Battery Park, North Barton Heights, Ginter Park Terrace and Providence Park.Through on-going community listening projects the following community defined priorities have been identified:

  1. Safety
  2. Community Cohesion
  3. Youth Development (older youth)
  4. Economic revitalization of the Brookland Park Commercial Corridor

We support the following projects through coaching, training, provision of space and funding:

Block Club Projects designed to increase community cohesion and safety are done in partnership with area civic association. Revitalization of the Brookland Park commercial corridor in partnership with local merchants and the Brookland Park Area Association. Young Leaders works in partnership with area youth serving organizations to address youth development.

Wise Guides Listening Project

This project was a result of a young leader’s passion for listening to seniors of Historic Brookland Park. This project is an example of how listening projects can foster  youth development as this young leader gained skills in public speaking, project management and community engagement. The full project can be found here.





In the Lincoln Mews North Oak community, Embrace Richmond has partnered with Better Housing Coalition. We also support the following projects through coaching, training and grants:

LMNOP Neighborhood Action Team – Launched Fall 2015

Dream Catcher Project – Summer 2015




Senior Luncheon

Senior Luncheon

Last Thursday, seniors were brought together with Embrace’s help around a central dream-to become more connected.  Their convening was a result of a Dream Catcher Project led by Embrace’s Young Leader, Beverly. The Celebrating Seniors Luncheon, held at Boogaloos Bar and Grill, provided an opportunity for the seniors to fellowship with one another over a meal, poetry and singing. They also got a chance to listen to the audio shorts recorded by Beverly. As they listened, they nodded, smiled and laughed about the memories of the past that were shared. Towards the end of the gathering, many of the seniors asked if the group could come together again. Some even stood up and said they felt charged with making this happen. When asked how they felt about the luncheon everyone shared the sentiment of appreciation. They were thankful to be acknowledged. The luncheon reminded them that they were a valued asset to their community. It reminded them that they had the power and wisdom to make needed changes. As a result, the group plans to come together again under their own direction with assistance from Embrace. This group of seniors will form an action team that will work to make their convening a monthly...
Earth Day Activities

Earth Day Activities

On Saturday, April 22, 2017, Embrace Richmond in partnership with Huguenot Road Baptist Church and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia hosted 10 youths in an Earth Day celebration event.  The youth were ages 12 – 17 and were from several churches around the city and even three that were from Fredericksburg, VA! In honor of Earth Day, we focused on conservation, preservation and upkeep. In doing this we walked the Historic Brookland Park Boulevard corridor cleaning up streets, alleys and buildings that had become prey to litter and waste.   The youth were given stories in history  of the area and enlightened on how important it is to preserve what we have for future generations. The chaperones Leroy and Rudy from Embrace along with Tim and Angie from Huguenot Road Baptist Church found themselves trying hard to keep up with these young people, but at the end of the day things were clean, pristine and looking good.  Mission Accomplished! THANK YOU to our new friends from Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for supporting our efforts in the Historic Brookland Park community!        ...
Kalvin Bugg: Embrace Young Heroes

Kalvin Bugg: Embrace Young Heroes

I met 19-year-old Kalvin Bugg, AKA Bugg, while out recruiting youth for our young leaders club pilot project in the Historic Brookland Park area. I enticed him to join us with the offer of pizza and a chance to earn some money. That was four weeks ago and already he is proving that young people are the heroes we have been waiting for! This giving season we are inviting you to show your faith in the next generation by sponsoring a young leader like Bugg.  Funds will be used as follows: a third of the funds go directly to the young leaders in the form of stipends a third of the funds go to support weekly young leaders club meetings a third of the funds go to support the development of block clubs that provide support for the community development efforts the youth are engaged in The cost of supporting each of our young leaders is $1,200 a year, or $100 per month. Our goal during this campaign is to raise sufficient funding to support 24 young leaders across Metro Richmond. Would you, a group you belong to, or your congregation consider sponsoring one of our young leaders?  We will be reporting live on Facebook with updates from our Young Leaders and encourage you to “like” Embrace Richmond on Facebook to keep up with the good work of these young heroes. Will you give an emerging leader a chance to be the change they want to see in their neighborhoods?  Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.  To learn more about the work done by local young heroes check out...